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Half day in Antibes, France Review

Half day in Antibes, France Review

I’m going to be honest with you; I didn’t remember particularly enjoying Antibes. However this was mainly because all the restaurants I wanted to go to were closed and I was super hangry by the end of my visit. If you are to visit you should bring snacks because visiting outside of the tourism season is a brave choice.

Where is the food?

Port Vauban Antibes

It started off well enough with a 15 minute walk from the station to the port for yacht viewing.

I’d seen too many yachts at this point.

Didier Saba Verrier d’Art

Then we wandered into the old town to browse some stores; one of note being  Didier Saba which sold glassware and had glass artisans working in the store.

Antibes had the liveliest old town yet where it appeared the most integrated with the more modern areas. 

Marche Provencal

This isn’t saying too much though, as the Provencial market place was at most a quarter full. As a whole the old towns I’d visited thus far were very quiet, perhaps they are more popular in summer?

Musée Picasso

I opted not to visit the Picasso museum as my mum wasn’t very interested, the entrance fee was steep and it displayed his less famous pieces. By all accounts the pretty white building housing the artwork was the most impressive and interesting item to view.

Right behind the museum was the sea and it was very windy. A bit too windy despite the refreshing view.

Antibes Cathedral

I was so chilled that we popped into the Cathedral next door.

Choopy’s Cupcakes & Coffee-shop

This wasn’t enough and so we had hot drinks at the delightfully named Choopy cafe. It was cute, pink and far away from the rain which had begun to fall by then.

It was pretty busy but the hot chocolate (4,20 EUR / 3.54 GBP *) and latte (3,80 EUR / 3.21 GBP *) kept us alive, despite the chocolate tasting suspiciously instant and there being no tissues. I also found it entertaining that the cups appeared to keep the name of the previous café that owned the spot. 

Unfortunately when we tried to find a lunch spot afterwards all the ones I was interested in were closed and after a couple of fruitless loops I finally left the town for Cannes in search of food. 

Inedible

Ultimately I find it hard to fully appreciate a town that left me hungry, but that shouldn’t stop an organised traveller.

Details

Port Vauban Antibes

Website: https://www.marina-port-vauban.com/

Address: Avenue de Verdun, 06600 Antibes, France

Didier Saba Verrier d’Art

Website: https://www.saba-verrerie.com/

Address: 58 Boulevard d’Aguillon, 06600 Antibes, France

Opening hours: 

Tue – Sat, Sun: 10:30 – 12:30 / 14:30 – 18:30

Mon: 14:30 18:30

Workshop hours: Tue – Fri: 07:00-12:00

Marche Provencal – Antibes Provencal Market

Website: https://www.seeantibes.com/events/markets/marche-provencale

Address: Cours Masséna, 06600 Antibes, France

Opening hours: Open daily (except Monday from 1st Sept -31st May) from 06:00 to 13:00 (until 13:45 in July and August).

Musée Picasso

Website: https://www.antibesjuanlespins.com/en/must-see-must-do/culture-and-heritage/museums

Address: Prom. Amiral de Grasse, 06600 Antibes, France

Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 10:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 18:00

Cost:

Adult – 8,00 EUR / 6.75 GBP *

Students, large families, teachers – 6,00 EUR / 5.06 GBP *

Multi-site card Combined ticket: 10,00 EUR / 8.44 GBP * Access to municipal museums over seven consecutive days

Antibes Cathedral

Website: https://www.seeantibes.com/religious/cathedral

Address: 1 Rue du Saint-Esprit, 06600 Antibes, France

Opening hours: N/A

Choopy’s Cupcakes & Coffee-shop

Website: https://choopys.com/

Address: 16 rue Vial, angle rue du Marc 06600 Antibes

Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00

1 thought on “Half day in Antibes, France Review

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      The town is cute, but the highlight is the beach – utterly gorgeous in the summer! Hope you get a chance to go back at a better time!

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